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How PRACE Brings HPC to Industry

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World speaks with Lee Margetts, chair of PRACE’s industrial advisory committee, about its work to increase the engagement of industrial HPC users. “When we started in 2013, PRACE set up an IAC to give advice about improving engagement with industry, and the impression that I get is that this was motivated by the European Commission wanting to see their investment have a benefit to job creation and technology transfer.”

Podcast: RISC-V CEO Sees Bright Global Future for Open Source CPUs

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team catches up with Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V. “RISC-V can be used for light weight tasks such as embedded processing but, on the other hand, is also going to be utilized as the system accelerator for the European Exascale initiative boxes. That’s some serious flexibility.”

Video: Large scale industrial simulations using HPC at Rolls-Royce

Leigh Lapworth from Rolls-Royce gave this talk at m Computing Systems Week Edinburgh 2019. “Simulation and modeling, enabled by high performance computing, have transformed the way Rolls-Royce designs and engineers its products. Every advance in computing power unlocks the power to do more with simulation and modeling whether this is larger models to give higher fidelity; or, higher throughput of models to explore a larger part of the design space.”

Hyperion Research Growth Spurs Search for New Hires

Hyperion Research report that their business tracking the worldwide HPC market has grown rapidly since the company was spun out of IDC in 2017, and the company is actively seeking qualified candidates for four additional positions, CEO Earl Joseph said. “Thanks to the extraordinary talent and dedication of our current staff of seven full-time professionals and others who help us in Japan and China, our business has substantially expanded in all three global geographies—the Americas, EMEA and the Asia-Pacific region,” Joseph said. “Existing staff can handle the business we have today, but we need additional talented people to support new opportunities.”

Altair Acquires PollEx Electronic Design Automation Software

Today Altair announced the acquisition of Polliwog Co. Ltd., a high-tech software company based near Seoul, providing EDA software to the rapidly growing electronics industry. “Polliwog’s powerful PCB modeler and design verification tools allow EDA engineers at small and enterprise customers to collaborate at never-seen-before levels and greatly expands our HyperWorks solution portfolio.”

Job of the Week: Tactical HPC Software Engineer at General Dynamics

General Dynamics Mission Systems is seeking a Tactical HPC Software Engineer in our Job of the Week. “The Tactical High Performance Computing Software Engineer leads the development of next generation high performance radar and sensor signal processing for some of the world’s most advanced defense systems.”

Rescale Listed as one of Y Combinator’s Top 101 Companies

HPC Cloud provider Rescale was recently named #39 to Y Combinator’s 2019 list of top 101 companies. This marks Rescale’s move up the prestigious list from last year’s position of #53, and reaffirms their position as a power player among startups. “We’re honored to be recognized by Y Combinator on their Top Companies list for the second year in a row alongside some of the most transformational and disruptive startups in the world,” said Joris Poort, Founder and CEO of Rescale.

Video: Moore’s Law is Not Dead

Jim Keller from Intel gave this talk at the EECS Colloquium. “While it is true that certain vectors like transistor performance and power are showing diminishing returns, other vectors like transistor architecture, microprocessor architecture, software and new materials are showing increasing returns. The combination of these will continue to make life interesting and challenging for hardware and software designers alike.”

A Simulation Booster for Nanoelectronics

Researchers from ETH Zurich have developed a method that can simulate nanoelectronics devices and their properties realistically, quickly and efficiently. This offers a ray of hope for the industry and data centre operators alike, both of which are struggling with the (over)heating that comes with increasingly small and powerful transistors – and with the high resulting electricity costs for cooling.

ANSYS to Acquire LSTC

Today ANSYS announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Livermore Software Technology Corporation (LSTC), the premier provider of explicit dynamics and other advanced finite element analysis technology. Once closed, the acquisition will empower ANSYS customers to solve a new class of engineering challenges, including developing safer automobiles, aircraft and trains while reducing or even eliminating the need for costly physical testing.